Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister intensifies clean-up

Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister intensifies clean-up

21 July 2018 Saturday 23:12
Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister intensifies clean-up

KANGI Lugola is a man on a mission. With hardly a month in the driving seat of the Ministry of Home Affairs, he is determined to leave no stone unturned in a bid to bring sanity to the vital ministry.

Having hit the ground running from day one, the on fire minister has made some bold decisions that sent shock waves into the ministry, signaling the end of business as usual era.

And, in line with his goal to transform the ministry and restore lost glory to departments, the Minister has again come out with guns blazing, issuing ten directives that among others are meant to exorcise ghosts that have been haunting his portfolio for a long time.

Notable among the directives is the resuscitation of the Lugumi saga and that of the machine for processing national identity cards whose payment has been cleared, but is yet to be brought into the country.

The Minister issued the directives in Dar es Salaam, yesterday, when briefing journalists about his tour of the national security and defence organs.

On the controversial 37bn/- contract between the Tanzania Police Force and Lugumi Enterprises Limited, the Minister directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro to search for the company owner and take him to his office on July 31, this year.

Mr Lugola explained that, he came to learn that the company has not yet completed its work, thus it was important to meet with the owner to know the reasons for failing to finish its work.

He, however, noted that the door is open for the company owner to surrender himself to the Minister before the stated date.

“I am aware that Lugumi is a Tanzanian who has a family... it is important for him to voluntarily come to my office after getting this information so that we can discuss the matter,” he said.

On the national IDs processing machines, the Minister ordered National Identification Authority (NIDA) Acting Director General to submit a detailed report on the purchase of the machine for processing IDs, which is yet to be brought into the country despite all payments having been cleared.

“I want the DG to make sure that he reports to my office in Dodoma on July 25, this year, along with people who have been given the tender to buy the machine and provide explanations as to why the device is not in the country to date or else they should come with 32bn/- which they were given for purchasing it,” he insisted.

He however, directed the Prisons in the country to come up with a special plan of feeding prisoners in order to minimise government burden of feeding them.

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